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Iran grants 5-year residency to 800 specialists from Afghanistan, Syria, and Lebanon

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The Iran International Interactions Center has announced granting five-year special residency cards to 800 specialists and entrepreneurs, predominantly citizens of Afghanistan, Syria, and Lebanon.

According to Mehr News Agency on Saturday, February 25, citing officials from the Iran International Interactions Center, the aim of launching this platform is to facilitate the settlement of “elite migrants and entrepreneurs”.

Additionally, Sayed Ali Hosseini, the deputy of the Office for the Development of Scientific Relations at the Iran International Interactions Center, emphasized that an online platform named “iConnect” has been launched for registering applications from non-Iranian specialists and entrepreneurs.

According to this Iranian official, by granting “special residency cards for expertise”, these individuals are considered Iranian citizens.

Reports indicate that so far, 1,500 people have applied for special residency.

This comes as the expulsion of “illegal” migrants from Iran and Pakistan has increased.

Previously, Iranian media had reported the detention and expulsion via the Dogharoun border of 13,852 Afghan migrants “lacking documents”.

According to the Iranian Ministry of Interior, nearly 5 million undocumented Afghan migrants are living in Iran.

Amid a dire humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, exacerbated by the recent earthquake in Herat province, the country faces additional challenges with the forced deportation of Afghan refugees. Over half a million have returned from Pakistan, adding strain to an already strained situation.

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